An interview is really just a conversation, one focused on your qualifications and the specific role. While the interviewers are determining if you’re a good fit for the role and organization, you are also evaluating them. Is this a role you want? Is this an organization you want to work for? Do you want to work with or for these individuals?

Invitation To Interview

Before you start preparing for a specific interview, you will have to decide if you want to accept the invitation to interview. If it is a position you are excited about, this might seem like an obvious decision. But if what if you’re not sure?

If it is a position that you’re less interested in, interviewing still has benefits. It is a good way to gain information and insights about the role and the organization; maybe it is something that you will want once you know more. Plus, you will gain real-world interview practice, buildng your skills and confidence before interviewing for roles you are more excited about.

On the other hand, you may need to decline. Even though you applied for the position, your situation and goals may have changed or you may have accepted another position. If you are no longer actively searching or your search has changed substantially, declining may be the right decision.

Whether you accept or decline, do so professionally. View sample responses to invitations to interview below.

Before the Interview

Preparation before any interview will help to boost your confidence and help you shine.

Day of the Interview

After the Interview

Types of Interviews

Interviews can vary depending on the stage in the process and other factors. You may not experience all of these types.

Samples

Next Steps